'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a Buddhist teacher. One bright morning, enlightened, Zenji returns to Japan as a devoted evangelist of the 'new' Buddhism. However, this new form of Buddhism is not accepted in all communities. Written by
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The staff with jingling rings on the top that the monks carry is called a shakujo in Japanese. It was used as a walking stick, a weapon, an alarm to scare away animals and as a signal to people that a monk was nearby. See more